Sessions & Events

 

All sessions and events take place in Central Daylight Time (CDT).
All events take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

On-demand sessions will be available for viewing in the convention platform/event app under "On-Demand Content" within 24-48 hours of the session premiere. Please note, on-demand sessions are not available for CEU credit. *Denotes on-demand content.


Convention Highlights

Monday, March 25, 2024


6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

ACI technical committee Chairs are expected to attend this breakfast workshop to meet with fellow Chairs, TAC members, and ACI staff to hear updates on important recent developments of interest to ACI technical committee Chairs. There will be table discussions and short presentations. If you are unable to attend, please ask the Secretary of your committee or another committee member to represent you in your absence. Attendance is by invitation only.


7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

A two-person panel will lead a discussion related to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which provide quantifiable environmental data to compare products that fulfill the same function. Comparable EPDs must follow the rules and guidelines called for in the associated Product Category Rules (PCRs). PCRs outline rules, requirements, and guidelines, for developing environmental declarations for one or more products that can fulfill equivalent functions. PCRs determine what information should be gathered and how that information should be evaluated for an environmental declaration.

Speakers:
• Dean Frank, NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete
• John Kevern, University of Missouri-Kansas City


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Chapter Officers are invited to come and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, while networking with peers from around the world.


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: Mr Michael Faubel, Mr William J Lyons

Session will honor the ongoing legacy of Ken Hover. His knowledge transfer and teaching techniques have impacted most, if not all, ACI members in some way. Speakers will present current technical topics related to Ken's vast construction and academic background. Session is ideal for current and former students, colleagues, and fans of Ken's entertaining teaching style.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Dr Mohammed Albahttiti, KARTHIK PATTAJE

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Review sustainable robotic construction techniques, including 3D printing with eco-friendly materials;
(2) Recognize how to optimize crack-resistant cement paste for 3D printing;
(3) Explain the application of superabsorbent polymers for improved concrete properties;
(4) Investigate the mechanical properties of CFRP spirals in reinforced concrete elements.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Zhanzhao Li, Mr Timothy Kohany

The objective of this session is to provide a greater opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research at a national meeting. This session will focus on research conducted predominately by undergraduate students. It is expected that this session will draw a new group of students to ACI and the convention. It will also allow students to hear presentations of a slightly less technical nature that are more in keeping with their current level of knowledge regarding concrete.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize the quality and breadth of research being conducted by undergraduate students across the globe;
(2) Identify cutting edge research that is in its infancy as undergraduate students conduct pilot studies and plan for graduate research;
(3) Connect with talented undergraduate students who are seeking employment opportunities, graduate school positions, and professional mentors;
(4) Describe research on concrete materials, structural design construction, and other concrete related issues.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Katelyn Low

Present ACI 314 Guide to Simplified Design for Reinforced Concrete Buildings as a great tool for engineers to design building structures in an expedited and safe way. It is a Guide that can be executed with a hand held calculator or spreadsheet. It helps you design the structure, including presenting loads, design of different structural members, and construction guidelines.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss available tools and methods from ACI to easily design safe concrete buildings;
(2) Review ways to design building structures in an expedited and safe way;
(3) Report on execution of ACI 314 Guide to Simplified Design for Reinforced Concrete Buildings;
(4) Identify the design loads and design of the different structural members.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 1 PDH (0.1 CEU). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderator: Bill Lyons

Session will honor the ongoing legacy of Ken Hover. His knowledge transfer and teaching techniques have impacted most, if not all, ACI members in some way. Speakers will present current technical topics related to Ken's vast construction and academic background. Session is ideal for current and former students, colleagues, and fans of Ken's entertaining teaching style.


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

All are welcome to the student awards program. Preregistration is not required to attend.
All attendees are welcome to the Student Awards Program featuring a keynote presentation followed by the announcement of the winners of the student competition. Preregistration is not required. This program is sponsored by Baker Concrete Construction.
Speaker: Andy Brown
Title: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills for the Introverted Engineer
Abstract: This presentation will examine the challenges introverts often face when speaking in front of groups large and small. It will provide simple solutions for overcoming the fears of public speaking and practical steps for laying out presentations for the most effective way to communicate concepts and help your firm, utility, or clients.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Mohammed Albahttiti, KARTHIK PATTAJE

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Examine how additives improve PCM concretes' performance;
(2) Discuss the development of UHPC-based surface treatments for pavement and bridge rehabilitation;
(3) Investigate water sorption in mortar with olivine sand using 4D X-ray CT;
(4) Analyze sugarcane bagasse ash's role in mitigating temperature effects in concrete.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Nathan A Tregger, Dr Sean Monkman

There is tremendous effort that is spent in the design of a sustainable concrete mix design from material selection (including novel carbon-neutral materials) to proportioning. On paper, the CO2 savings can be considerable. However in practice, a major hurdle for any concrete is ability for the material to be properly placed and consolidated. This session will focus on bringing awareness to the impact workability can have on sustainability, and also to highlight practices that can ensure paper CO2 savings can be translated to actual CO2 savings.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Analyze mixture proportioning choices including admixtures that can improve sustainability without sacrificing performance;
(2) Discuss practical advancements, including additives and novel cement dispersants for sustainability in low-cement mixes;
(3) Identify novel uses of additives to impart improved rheologies for different applications while replacing cement;
(4) Recognize the importance of on-board monitoring and in mixer trucks as well as in-transit management of mix trucks for waste reduction and CO2 savings while maintaining confidence in the final concrete properties.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Moderator: Rashid Ahmed

WJE and North Carolina State University have carried out two PCI-sponsored research projects to better understand the highly coupled behavior and competing failure mechanisms of dapped double tees, which are ubiquitous in pre-tensioned structures across the country and around the world. Through an extensive suite of non-linear finite element analyses and full-scale destructive load testing of more than 40 dapped ends, design provisions in the PCI Design Handbook have been re-worked to provide a rational design basis. The presenters will discuss dapped end behavior and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the behavior and design of dapped ends of prestressed concrete thin-stemmed members based on experimental program conducted to develop design guidelines for dapped ends;
(2) Proposal several modified design practices for dapped double tees are recommended, and propose recommendations for control of cracking in the end region;
(3) Develop rational methodologies for proportioning key reinforcement in dapped end double tees
(4) Develop standard details that have been rigorously viewed by industry experts and have proven to be effective by extensive analyses and tests.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 1 PDH (0.1 CEU). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Ahmed Al-Rahmani, Rachel Cook

The ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session compliments the existing Research in Progress and Open Topic Presentation sessions and provides further opportunity for the presentation of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology throughout the world.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Keith E Kesner

Session will honor the ongoing legacy of Ken Hover. His knowledge transfer and teaching techniques have impacted most, if not all, ACI members in some way. Speakers will present current technical topics related to Ken's vast construction and academic background. Session is ideal for current and former students, colleagues, and fans of Ken's entertaining teaching style.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Ben Dymond, Dr Jacob Henschen

The objective of this session is to present best practices for incorporating research into concrete education. The scope of the session is not limited to higher education and the audience will benefit from hearing how research and concrete related topics can also be incorporated into K-12 curricula. The main learning objective is to take home creative ways to establish meaningful research opportunities for students in the field of concrete materials and structures. The session should be attended by students, educators, designers, builders, and code/specification authorities.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify various ways to incorporate research into concrete education;
(2) Identify innovative approaches used to incorporate undergraduate research into national-level research proposals;
(3) Identify meaningful ways of incorporating undergraduate students into graduate research projects;
(4) Identify state-of-the-art approaches used to integrate research into student experiencing using existing national-level resources such as NSF REU programs.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Mr Hossein Kabir, Dr Yi Bao

This session will focus on machine learning/artificial intelligence challenges that are specific to the concrete industry. Attendees are concrete data scientists, educators, students as well as contractors and producers. These challenges include, for example, the wide variety of materials/features and the quality and quantity of data. It will also discuss possibilities of public curated databases.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Investigate how machine learning methods are being incorporated into mix design processes to yield sustainable concrete without sacrificing performance;
(2) Report on how computer vision techniques can detect steel reinforcing bar issues now and in the future;
(3) Explain how machine learning methods can generate synthetic data to increase robustness of performance predictions;
(4) Discuss how machine learning methods can be used to provide higher resolution structural health information for large infrastructure.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Ms Stephanie Lin Hampton

As the concrete construction industry responds to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), low-carbon specifications for concrete construction are becoming increasingly prevalent. With this paradigm shift come new specifications, means and methods, documentation requirements, and changes in expectations and associated responsibilities. Professionals from several segments of the concrete construction industry will present the challenges encountered and successful examples for this new era of concrete construction.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Assess the demand for low-carbon-concrete, the various associated responsibilities, and how to navigate them;
(2) List the specification requirements for designing low carbon concrete;
(3) Report on the various low carbon codes, specification requirements, as well as international, federal, state and local initiatives;
(4) Discuss the impact that variability in cement chemistry and manufacturing plays on the ability to successfully create consistent concrete mix designs and concrete performance.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderators: Michelle Wilson , Mr W Calvin McCall

Session will honor the ongoing legacy of Ken Hover. His knowledge transfer and teaching techniques have impacted most, if not all, ACI members in some way. Speakers will present current technical topics related to Ken's vast construction and academic background. Session is ideal for current and former students, colleagues, and fans of Ken's entertaining teaching style.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Yi Bao

This session will focus on machine learning/artificial intelligence challenges that are specific to the concrete industry. Attendees are concrete data scientists, educators, students as well as contractors and producers. These challenges include, for example, the wide variety of materials/features and the quality and quantity of data. It will also discuss possibilities of public curated databases.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss how machine learning methods can suggest practical but innovative concrete mixture designs;
(2) Describe how machine learning methods can be used to improve cement clinker;
(3) Report on how machine learning methods can help predict the degradation of concrete;
(4) Recognize how to leverage concrete knowledge in machine learning for concrete designs.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Jonathan L Poole

Over the years, mass concrete has evolved from the traditional dams and other large infrastructure to modern thermally controlled mass concrete that typically has higher cementitious contents but still requires careful thermal considerations. While the look of mass concrete has changed, it is important to understand when a placement will behave as mass concrete and how to address the thermal stresses. This session will discuss the evolution of mass concrete, providing examples and best practices for traditional mass placements as well as modern; it will be of interest to owners, consultants, contractors, manufacturers, and educators.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Analyze unique design and construction considerations for mass concrete placements;
(2) Define typical maximum temperature and difference limits, and why they are important;
(3) Recognize when a placement will behave as mass concrete;
(4) Review optimized concrete mixes and improvements of performance based thermal control plans.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Ms Stephanie Lin Hampton

As the concrete construction industry responds to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), low-carbon specifications for concrete construction are becoming increasingly prevalent. With this paradigm shift come new specifications, means and methods, documentation requirements, and changes in expectations and associated responsibilities. Professionals from several segments of the concrete construction industry will present the challenges encountered and successful examples for this new era of concrete construction.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the challenges that contractors and finishers are experiencing in the field with the use of low-carbon mix designs, and the associated responsibilities;
(2) Explain the importance of proper testing for low-carbon concrete, and the negative effect that improper testing has on results;
(3) State who is responsible when low-carbon concrete criteria are not met, and when performance expectations are not met from a legal standpoint;
(4) State who is responsible and how to proceed when Specifications Clash with Low-carbon Expectations.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Please join WACI for this reception/networking event. During this reception, the Women in ACI will introduce the winners of the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship, recognize award winning women who have made significant contributions to ACI, and share the legacy of the Women in ACI. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun. This event has a long history at ACI and has grown from a small gathering of women attendees to an event attended by all convention demographics. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the Concrete Art Auction Sponsored by Women in ACI. Proceeds from the auction benefit young professionals by providing the opportunity for convention registration. Please come join the Women in ACI and support young professionals!


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

$75.00

This honorary reception is to celebrate Prof. Kenneth C. Hover’s exceptional professional career and four decades of distinguished services to the field of concrete. Please plan to join the celebration and congratulate Prof. Hover on this momentous occasion.

View the attachment to see further details on this event.




Retirement Celebration in Honor of Ken C. Hover


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Nishant Garg, Dr Danny Smyl

This year's ACI Committee 123 Forum aims to answer the question: Should 3D Printing be Codified? Given the broad and exponential recent interest in 3D printing of cementitious materials for residential and commercial structures, we bring in a panel of five industry and academic experts to present and discuss this topic. The session will consist of brief topical presentations from the expert panelists and after, over an hour of time will be dedicated to panelist and audience discussion and Q&A.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn the context of 3D printing of cementitious structures in contemporary applications;
(2) Recognize the recent trends, successes, and challenges of 3D-printed cementitious structures;
(3) Analyze the uncertainties and potential benefits associated with codifying 3D printing in ACI code and beyond;
(4) Discuss potential future paths forward for the commercialization of 3D printing and their implications on codification.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.



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